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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 02-07-2019

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6 IN OUR SCHOOLS FEBRUARY 7-13, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION LINCOLN – In his fifth appearance at the Lincoln Spelling Bee, 8th-grader Matthew Connors won Tuesday night's competition after nailing the spelling of the word "anchovy." Connors and runner-up Joseph Fucci, a 7th-grader, exchanged high- fives, their spirits high despite the morbid theme of the final round. Both contestants incorrectly spelled the word "postmortem" before Connors correctly spelled "morgue" to move on to the championship word. "We're killin' it!" joked pronouncer Lianne Denham, dean of students at Lincoln Middle School where the bee was held. Connors said he was excited to win on his fifth try. "It feels really good," he said. "It's been a long time." Twenty students started the com- petition, which lasted eleven rounds. Round one ended and round two began with two students misspell- ing "hundredth" before Lonsdale Elementary 4th-grader Ethan Carter Abreu got it right. The silent 'g' in "gnat" also caused some confusion that round, producing spellings such as "net" and "anat." A challenge was made on the pronunciation of the word "loam" after it was mistaken for "loom" by three students, who spelled it "lume," "lum" and "loom," which prompted Connors crowned Lincoln Spelling Bee champ By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Teachers, administrators, friends and parents gather at Lincoln Middle School on Tuesday to watch students in grades 4 through 8 compete in the LINCOLN PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT SPELLING BEE. In center is CRISTIAN VICKERS, a 4th- grader at Central Elementary. red cards from the judges to the sur- prise of the audience. All three were brought back for another chance. "I blame Rhode Island," Denham joked of her accent. During round five, three students were eliminated by the word "sultan," which was ultimately spelled correctly by Northern Lincoln Elementary School 5th-grader Jake Famiglietti. See SPELLING, Page 16

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